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  1. Ruining a country near you soon: the beta males who think they’re alphas | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

    I could link to every Marina Hyde column, so take this excellent example as a placeholder for all of them.

  2. Developing an intro-level music theory course | The Ethan Hein Blog

    I want to read all the resources linked to here. (I’d like to attempt the projects too, but that seems unlikely.) (via Disquiet)

  3. How to run a small social network site for your friends

    A really good description of running something like your own Mastodon server for a few dozen people and, more importantly, handling the social side of things. (via Waxy)

  4. Die, Workwear! - The Spotlight Effect & Style Anxiety

    I don’t think I knew that the feeling of “I’m wearing something very slightly different than usual and now everyone’s staring at me” had a name.

  5. 80’s students, what films were your film society showing then? | Ask MetaFilter

    I like the idea of working out, or remembering, what films were considered classic/interesting at a specific point in the past.

  6. The invention of Essex: how a county became a caricature | News | The Guardian

    Where I’m from. I’m wondering if this is a Zazzle strategy by the Guardian — they’ll now produce a clickbaity article on every UK county.

  7. On Nighttime

    Hanif Abdurraqib’s lovely essay on being awake at night (which I happened to read at 1.20am when I couldn’t sleep). (via Buckslip)

  8. Feature Toggles (aka Feature Flags)

    I’ve never worked on a project with these, but this is a great description of the ideas behind them, and the different categories of feature flags. (via Simon Willison)

  9. The Online Photographer: Ten Iconic Photographs: No. 10

    I’m enjoying this series of posts. The background and context is always more interesting than I expect writing about a single photo to be.

  10. The Barbican Estate: An Architectural Masterpiece Under Threat

    The “A History of Continual Expansion” document is fascinating, to see how the school has incrementally expanded over decades.

  11. blissblog: link think

    Simon Reynolds, for the first section on the sociality, or not, of blogging. (via Warren Ellis Ltd)

  12. reading-activitypub

    “This document is for programmers who take one look at activitypub.rocks, click on through to the documentation, and can’t make heads or tails of it.” I did that, so maybe this will be handy if I try again. (via @mdales@mastodon.me.uk)

  13. Ionaru/easy-markdown-editor: EasyMDE

    I’ve tried several textarea-improving things and this one is just the ticket for my needs.

  14. What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns (Idle Words)

    Entertaining and interesting. “You will fare especially badly if you have written an app to fix politics.” (via @gwire)

  15. FiveFilters.org

    Tools for turning web pages into newspaper-style PDFs, generating RSS feeds for sites that don’t have them, etc. (via Ask MetaFilter)

  16. The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones - Scientific American Blog Network

    Clickbaity title, but interesting on sociological vs psychological storytelling. (via Buckslip)

  17. things magazine (Kicks Condor)

    A new favourite web explorer interviews an old (and still) favourite web explorer about the past and present of blogging etc.

  18. 1MB

    Free hosting for static sites up to 1MB in size, no images, simple database, custom domains, SSL. (via Kicks Condor)

  19. Kicks Condor

    Not just an unusual blog design but loads of good writing about the web and interesting links. (via Things Magazine)

  20. Little Printers | Nord Projects - a design and technology consultancy

    A new iOS app and platform for bringing your Little Printer back to life.

  21. OdleForums

    A small forum for WebFaction users to discuss where to go, now that GoDaddy owns WebFaction.

  22. Electric Flapjack Guitars

    I really enjoy Michael’s weeknotes about making electric guitars. I know nothing about making things like this but he explains the problems, thoughts and solutions clearly.

  23. Low cost index trackers that will save you money

    I’d forgotten this occasionally-updated post existed.

  24. Corporate anthems - YouTube

    Dave Green’s playlist of more than 70 of these awful things.

  25. Warren Ellis Production Ident Roger Strunk

    Nice write-up of designing a three second TV ident for Warren Ellis.

  26. A Good Vimrc

    Lots of good tips here I hadn’t seen before.

  27. Five Books | The best books on everything

    Experts recommend the five best books on different topics, sometimes very (too?) specific. Reminds me of that Septivium thing I started that never went anywhere. (via Kottke)

  28. Cathode | Secret Geometry

    “Cathode is a fully customizable terminal app with a look inspired by classic computers.” Looks both absurd and brilliant.

  29. The story of London’s tech scene, as told by those who built it | WIRED UK

    Or, a spotty history of some mostly venture-funded big digital businesses from only the past decade.